Yesterday, May 22nd, Casa Vinicola Zonin hosted the fourth Italian Culinary Experience. As usual, the event was held at the Miami Culinary Institute and this time it featured Sicily with wines from Feudo Principi di Butera. The 2-hour event was led by the executive chef Giancarla Bodoni, Escopazzo Restaurant.
The event was attended by 39 media and trade professionals, food and wine bloggers, chefs from different restaurants, as well as media representatives from magazines and news reporters. The event included an aperitivo, appetizer, first course, second course and dessert. Each course was paired with a wine from Casa Vinicola Zonin. The wines were from Sicily and the estate featured was Principi di Butera.
The menu consisted of an aperitivo: salt cured, herb and balsamic marinated swordfish carpaccio with arugula and extra virgin olive oil paired with our lovely Zonin Prosecco. The antipasto was a grilled Mediterranean octopus panzanella paired with Principi di Butera Insolia: 100% Insolia grapes. Insolia is delicately dry with an excellent balance and a clean aftertaste.
The first course was a delicious plate of stuffed eggplant pacceri with tomatoes, capers, mozzarella and cacio cavallo. This primo was paired with Principi di Butera, Nero D’ Avola, a dry, well-structured and extremely rounded wine.
The second course: Braised lamb with parsnip and leek and potato, scallion, parsley and rosemary germolata was paired with Principi di Butera Symposio, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, ns 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes for Symposio are picked manually during the third week of September, choosing only the best grapes.
To end this wonderful event we had a walnut brittle and chocolate ganache with crème anglais and amarene cherries paired with Principi di Butera- Nero D’ Avola Single Vineyard. This wine is 100% Nero d’Avola and it is dry, well-structured and full with a complex fruitiness of cherries under spirits, which combines with intriguing spicy notes.
Once again Casa Vinicola Zonin offered a culinary experience to raise awareness about the wines we have to offer. The event was a great success and we want to thank the Miami Culinary Institute and Giancarla Bodoni from Escopazzo for helping us to host this wonderful event.